Why is New Orleans called NOLA?

Why is New Orleans called NOLA? A view of Jackson square, New Orleans, LA.

The first letters of “New Orleans” and the state abbreviation for Louisiana, LA, combine to derive the nickname “NOLA.

Put those together and you get N.O.LA or NOLA.

Residents and visitors commonly use this shorthand or acronym to refer to the city. The creation of nicknames or acronyms for cities is a widespread practice. I serves as a convenient and colloquial way to refer to a place.

In New Orleans’ case, “NOLA” has gained wide recognition. It is frequently used in tourism, local culture, and popular media.

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The mighty Mississippi River borders New Orleans to the south. The shores of Lake Pontchartrain border it to the north,. This gives the city its distinctive crescent shape.

The New Orleans metropolitan area includes New Orleans itself on the lake’s south side, along with the suburbs of Metairie and Kenner in Jefferson Parish and the parishes of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington on the lake’s north side.

The world’s longest bridge, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, spans the lake, crossing 24 miles of open water!

People living on the lake’s south side identify as being from New Orleans, while those on the other side consider themselves from the “North Shore.”

Residents on the lake’s north side often talk about the North Shore (where they live) and refer to New Orleans as simply “South Shore.”

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